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Philly PD Bows To Union Pressure, Guts Independent Officer-Involved-Shooting Board Ordered By The DOJ

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Philadelphia Police Department is one of many to be on the receiving end of a consent decree with the DOJ. Most PDs finding themselves in this position earn it through years of abusive policing and a consistent disregard for constitutional rights and civil liberties. Show More Summary

Texas: serious litigation reform, serious results

4 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“How tort reform helped ignite the Texas boom”: Over the last two decades, Texas engaged in a conversation as to the purpose and role of its civil courts. When that conversation began, the state’s courts had become virtual fiefdoms of trial lawyers. Show More Summary

Reuters investigates police union contracts

4 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“Over the last 40 years, cities have bargained away the power to discipline police officers, often in closed negotiation meetings with local unions.” Contracts frequently call for discipline records to be erased at short intervals, allow...Show More Summary

When Timekeeping Software Undermines Compliance

Elizabeth Tippett (Oregon), Charlotte S. Alexander (Georgia State), and Zev J. Eigen (Littler) have just published their explosive article When Timekeeping Software Undermines Compliance (19 Yale J.L. & Tech. 1 ). When I say "explosive" I am not exaggerating one...

LA Chargers Already Face Trademark Opposition To Their Name Over The Term 'L.A.'

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

There may be nothing more frustrating than trademarks being granted for terms that serve as simple geographic identifiers. With a couple of recent stories revolving around names of cities, or acronyms of them, it's probably time to consider...Show More Summary

Orrick’s New Partners: Diverse By Many Metrics

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Out of 18 new partners, 10 are diverse or women lawyers.

Non-Sequiturs: 01.18.17

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Free legal services if you get arrested for protesting at Trump's inauguration. [TMZ] A look at the issues raised by the defamation suit against Trump. [Personal Injury Lawyer] The strength of New York's civil rights laws. [Cityland] Governing via Twitter. Show More Summary

JPMorgan Agrees to Settlement in Discriminatory Mortgage Case

Government lawyers seem to be in a rush to wrap up high-profile cases before the new administration takes over. In December, Deutsche Bank settled a federal investigation into its mortgage securities, for $7.2 billion. Then came Volkswagen, laying out almost $15 billion in what might be the most expensive corporate......

Lawyer Seeks Immunity for Lying Clients. It Fails Badly

Pancy Lin, a partner at Lynberg & Watkins, stepped into harm's way when she arrived to defend Orange County social workers who had lied in a custody case to wrest custody from the plaintiff's mother. Based on their perjured testimony, the trial judge took custody of her children away......

Sober Lawyer Regains License to Practice

Three years ago, attorney Frank Barnwell McMaster woke up from the worst hangover in his life. It was not the pain in his brain that floored him, it was his mug shot in the media after he was arrested for his second alcohol-related crime. McMaster, the brother of South......

Law School Deans Ask For Extension On Exploitation

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

More than 90 law school deans have asked their accreditor to halt new standards that would hold schools accountable for very low bar passage rates. Last October, the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education & Admissions to the Bar approved two new standards to stop exploitative admissions and retention practices. At a time […]

Will Data Breach Notification Laws Be a Boon for Plaintiffs' Lawyers?

When a company experiences a data breach, Massachusetts wants the public to know. The commonwealth is currently expanding its public Data Breach Notification Archive to include information about security breaches effecting Massachusetts citizens -- going all the way back to 2007. Massachusetts isn't alone. California, Oregon, and Washington all......

Former 'Apprentice' Contestant's Lawsuit Claims Trump Sexually Assaulted Her

Along with ten other women, Summer Zervos accused Donald Trump of sexual assault following the recent release of a recording of Trump bragging about grabbing women's genitals. Trump fired back against Zervos and others, calling the allegations a "total fabrication," and even mocking his accusers' physical appearance. Zervos, a former......

No Enforcement Means No Standing in Abortion Buffer-Zone Suit

New Hampshire law allows, but doesn't require, abortion clinics to create a buffer zone around their facilities, of up to 25 feet. The public, with some exceptions, is excluded from that zone. Abortion opponents sued to have the law overturned under the Supreme Court's McCullen v. Coakley decision, issued......

Will SCOTUS Tilt Towards The Slants in Offensive Names Case?

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning in Lee v. Tam, the much-anticipated case over trademark registration, free speech, and disparaging names. The Slants, an Asian-American "Chinatown dance rock" band, had its trademark rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Slants' name, the PTO explained, was......

Court Approves Limits on Protests for Trump's Inauguration

Freedom Plaza rises grandly above the parade that courses through Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day, a tradition that marks the election of a new president ever since George Washington took office in 1789. Thousands of spectators line up along Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol to the White House to......

Star Trek Fan Film 'Axanar' Goes to Trial for Copyright Infringement

Here's an IP lawsuit that's almost from another universe: Paramount v. Axanar is a copyright case against a start-up company that makes fan fiction based on the Star Trek television and movie series. But it's more than a battle between the Star Trek copyright owners and anyone who may......

ALM Renovates LegalTech New York

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Advice from the legal tech community about how to improve this major industry event.

Chicago Lawyer Sues City, Police Department Over Stingray Cellphone Surviellance

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Chicago attorney Jerry Boyle -- notably not representing himself -- is suing the city of Chicago and a number of police officials for constitutional violations stemming from the PD's Stingray use. It's a potential class action suit,Show More Summary

Does Refusal to Register a Mark Violate the First Amendment?

by Dennis Crouch USPTO v. Tam (Supreme Court 2017) The Supreme Court today held oral arguments in the trademark battle over whether the rock band can register its name THE SLANTS. The PTO argues “no” because the name is disparaging to Asians and Congress does not allow registration of marks “which may disparage … persons, […]

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